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Carrier Air Wing 10
File:Carrier Air Wing 10 1st.jpg
Active
  • May 1, 1950 – November 20, 1969 (first CVW-10)
  • November 1, 1986 – September 30, 1988 (second CVW-10)
Country United States
Branch United States Navy
Type Carrier Air Wing
Engagements

Carrier Air Wing Ten (CVW-10) were two separate carrier air wings of the United States Navy that existed during the Cold War. The first CVW-10 was originally known as CVG-10 and was established in 1950[1] before being disestablished in November 1969.[2] The second and much shorter lived one was established in 1986 but due to budgets after one workups cruise,[3] it was disestablished in 1988 along with all of its squadrons.[4]

History[]

Early years (1950–1964)[]

Carrier Air Group 10 was established on May 1, 1950, but did not see a deployment until 1952 onboard the USS Lake Champlain.[1] Although CVG-10 didn't take part in the Korean War, it still did see more deployments in years to come, taking part in nine more deployments before the decade's end, including onboard the U.S. Navy's first super carrier, the USS Forrestal during the Lebanon crisis in 1958 before moving to the smaller Essex in mid 1959.[1] As part of the Navy-wide renaming scheme, CVG-10 became Carrier Air Wing 10 on December 20, 1963.[1] During that time, the air group was still on deployment on the USS Shangri-La and returned home from the Mediterranean under the new name.[5]

Vietnam and end of first CVW-10 (1965–1969)[]

CVW-10 made another deployment on Shangri-La in 1965 as well as minor deployment onboard USS Intrepid (CVS-11) in early 1966 before in April being deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin on board Intrepid again to take part in the Vietnam War.[2] After leaving in November of that year, CVW-10 returned to Vietnam two more times in 1967 and 1968 before returning in February 1969 before being decommissioned on November 29.[2]

First Carrier Air Wing Ten (1968 to 1969 Vietnam Cruise)
Cruise Date Carrier Squadron Aircraft
June 4, 1968 – February 8, 1969 USS Intrepid CVS-11 VF-111 Sundowners Detachment 11 F-8C Crusader
VA-36 Roadrunners A-4C Skyhawk
VA-66 Waldos A-4C Skyhawk
VA-106 Gladiators A-4E Skyhawk
VFP-63 Eyes of the Fleet Detachment 11 RF-8G Crusader
VAQ-33 Nigh Hawks Detachment 11 EA-1F Skyraider
VAW-121 Griffins Detachement 11 E-1B Tracer
HC-2 Fleet Angels Detachment 11 UH-2B Seasprite

Second CVW-10 (1986–1988)[]

As part of Ronald Reagan's plan to build a 600-ship Navy, CVW-13 and CVW-10 were reestablished in the 1980s, with CVW-10 becoming a west coast CVW on November 1, 1986[3] (CVW-13 took the old tail code of CVW-10 which was AK[6]). Originally VFA-195 flying the F/A-18A Hornet was to join CVW-10 as the VFA (Strike Fighter) squadron based of images with VFA-195 with the NM tail code in 1986.[7] VFA-161 and VFA-195 would, however, switch places at NAS Fallon with photographic evidence showing both squadrons at there.[8] VFA-161 was later removed from CVW-5 and would not return to Japan after transition training was completed on Hornet and would be placed in to inactive status joining CVW-10 while VFA-195 went to NAF Atusgi to join CVW-5.[9]

An F/A-18A Hornet of VFA-161 prepares to launch from USS Enterprise while an F-14A waits behind. CVW-10 was onboard Enterprise in 1987.

An F/A-18A Hornet of VFA-161 prepares to launch from USS Enterprise while an F-14A waits behind. CVW-10 was onboard Enterprise in 1987.

After not deploying with USS Independence as planned in 1986, CVW-10 deployed aboard USS Enterprise CVN-65 from July 24 to August 5, 1987 in the East Pacific.[4] After, this due to the warming relations between the Soviet Union and the United States as well as budget cuts,[3] CVW-10 was decommissioned for the final time on September 30, 1988.[4] All of CVW-10's squadrons also were decommissioned including VS-35, which would be reestablished again for the fourth time in the 1990 under a new nickname.[4]

VS-35's C.A.G. S-3A Viking as part of CVW-10 in 1986. VS-35 would be reestablished again in 1990.

VS-35's C.A.G. S-3A Viking as part of CVW-10 in 1986. VS-35 would be reestablished again in 1990.


Final Carrier Air Wing Ten (1988)
Carriers Squadrons Aircraft Decommissioned
USS Independence CV-62

(Planned, not deployed)

USS Enterprise CVN-65

(Deployed)

VF-191 Satan's Kitties F-14A Tomcat April 30, 1988
VF-194 Hellfires F-14A Tomcat April 30, 1988
VFA-161 Chargers F/A-18A Hornet April 1, 1988
VS-35 Boomerangs S-3A Viking June 1, 1988
VAW-111 Grey Berets E-2C Hawkeye April 30, 1988
HS-16 Nighthawks SH-3H Sea King June 1, 1988

References[]


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